The first few months at University can be an exciting but also a nervous time, and can take time for new students to adjust to their environment. The Global buddies programme is a great way for you to help new students feel at ease. By taking part in the Global Buddies programme you will work as a buddy, to allow the new students to have a point of contact for a and be someone they can go to for help and advice.

Once you have been assigned with a group of International students, you should contact them in advance to answer any questions they may have about coming to GCU. The main areas that you can offer your help to are:

  • Provide an understanding of the services that are provided by Glasgow Caledonian University.
  • Promoting relationships between home and international students.
  • Introduce them to UK culture.
  • Help them get to know the city.

In the past this programme worked on a one to one basis, however due to the high number of International students that are interested, we have decided to work work with the students in groups. Working in groups will allow our new students to meet not only our home students but also other new students. As part of the group you may also have other home buddies this will all depend on how we feel you are matched after filling out the application form below.

If you are interested in being paired with a group of International students as part of the global buddies programme please fill out the application form and email it to

Download - Global Buddies Application form 2019